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Best Book Ever

Aug 2, 2021

I've been out of the office for a while, so instead of doing a new interview this week, I wanted to share an episode from one of my favorite bookish podcasts, The Your Favorite Book podcast. If that title sounds familiar, it's because I had the host Malavika Praseed as a guest on my podcast back in episode 29, when we talked about The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Malavika is, quite honestly, a brilliant book critic and a thoughtful reader, not to mention a truly funny human being. Although our podcasts have a similar premise, she often takes a more critical and even academic approach to the books. I learn something new with each episode I listen to.

When Malavika invited me onto her podcast, we did a deep dive into my all time favorite, Howard’s End. I have both highly personal and critical reasons for loving it so much. And I thought you might enjoy listening to my side of the story. The E.M. Forster classic is both my comfort read and my critical favorite and is, in my opinion, the Best Book Ever.

Please enjoy this spotlight episode of the Your Favorite Book podcast, and I will be back with a new episode next week.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Malavika Praseed



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Discussed in this episode:

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Howard’s End Movie Review/Trailer

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

One Day by David Nicholls

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Howard’s End Miniseries

Episode 024 of Best Book Ever: Jaimie Morimoto on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Jaimie’s favorite)

Pride and Prejudice 1995 miniseries (Julie’s favorite)



Overlapped topics on our twin podcasts:


Zenobia Neil on “A Song of Achilles” on Best Book Ever

Deedi Brown on “A Song of Achilles” on Your Favorite Book

Jami Albright on “The Hating Game” on Best Book Ever

Rachel Allen on “The Hating Game” on Your Favorite Book

Casey Starnes on “The Catcher in the Rye” on Best Book Ever

Kaylee Craft Mitchell on “The Catcher in the Rye” on Your Favorite Book

Daman Tiwana on “Lean In” on Best Book Ever

Damn Tiwana on “Quiet” on Your Favorite Book

Jasmine Vyas on “Laziness Does Not Exist” on Best Book Ever

Jasmine Vyas on “What We Carry” on Your Favorite Book


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